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UK attack spurs Muslim community soul-searching, backlash fear

Published on May 24, 2013 6:20 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Strapping his baby into a car seat, Mr Abu Khaled said it was unfortunate that a British soldier was hacked to death in an apparent Islamist attack a day earlier in London, but it was not the only misfortune on his mind.

"A 75-year-old man was stabbed to death earlier this month on his way back from the mosque in Birmingham. You didn't hear about that, did you?" said the bearded 36-year-old personal trainer, speaking near East London Mosque, one of the capital's oldest and largest.

"Eleven children died in Afghanistan in a US (United States) drone attack about the time of the Boston bombings. You didn't hear about that either, did you?" he said.

The overwhelming reaction from Muslim communities to the brutal killing on Wednesday has been one of horror, compounded by fears of a backlash.

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